JetBuddy wrote:Babyshark wrote:JetBuddy wrote:Considering that the potential A220-500 only has two competitors..
Airbus' own A320neo which is sold out for nearly a decade
Boeing's 737-8 which is grounded and sold out for nearly a decade
.. it seems like a good idea to ramp up the A220 line further and launch an A220-500.
(But maybe buy the rest of the A220 program first)
I think supply and demand would dictate you dont have to do anything when you're the only game in town
There's clearly more demand than supply at the moment. You don't have to do anything, but you could be forward leaning and try to leverage that demand into cash and even higher market share.
If Airbus decides to rest on their laurels and not take advantage of the current situation, it could go back and bite them in the ass in the future. In my opinion - (and others), there's likely not that much R&D necessary to stretch the aircraft.
Sure, its wise, but I bet it's even more wise to focus on 60 or 70 32#s a month and wait to see Boeing's plans.
The 220s airframe is far from ideal anyways. Its 2x3 so extending it makes it 321 length, its built for unnecessary range given its capacity and it has some serious design gremlins that hurt reliability and the engines are compounding that with their significant cost issues. And then there is the production and QC issues out of Montreal.
And all the fuel savings talk makes you wonder if people dont know what the E in NEO stands for.
Its far from a good bet to just pour money into the program when Boeing could come up with a better offering and Airbus would have to scrap it all and go to that secret airplane they've had on the drawing board.